President Shirley H. Showalter Farewell Celebration
As students, faculty, staff, community and church leaders, benefactors and alumni filled Sauder Concert Hall on the morning of Sept. 20 to say thank you and farewell to President Shirley H. Showalter for her service to Goshen College, many wore scarves in all shapes and colors to honor a leader whose trademark accessory connects to her passion for relationships and cross-cultural learning.
Showalter, who resigned her post on Aug. 1, will serve her last day in office on Sept. 30 after teaching and serving as president of Goshen College since 1976. In introducing Showalter at the convocation, Goshen College Board of Directors Chair Virgil Miller, said, "This is a bittersweet day saying goodbye to our 14th president – a colleague, a friend, a teacher, a mentor. I invite you to listen to President Showalter, as she delivers her farewell speech, with thankfulness for an articulate president who believes in the loftiest goals of Christian higher education, in the ability of a metaphor to communicate complex ideas and who believes in you and that you have a special place here at Goshen College." To read more about the farewell celebration, read the press release.